The Delta State Child’s Rights Implementation Committee has expressed displeasure with the state’s slow prosecution of serial rape of minors cases.
Mrs Kevwe Agass, the Committee’s Chairman, revealed this in Asaba.
He said, “The Delta State Child’s Rights committee is a body empowered by the Delta State Child Rights Law of 2009 to protect and enforce the rights of children within the state.
“It is in response to the federal government’s directive that all states of the federal should domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003.
“The Child’s Rights Implementation Committee was inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on January 14, 2020, with three components of the child.
“We are having a lot of challenges in prosecuting defilement cases, especially the delay in our judiciary system.
“Another challenge we are having was the parents of the victim; Treasure Diden vs Genesis Francis is a case of defilement of a three-year-old girl by an 11-year-old boy.
“The said case started in August 2019, after much back and forth, the committee got the fiat of the Attorney General to try the matter. Currently, the case is ongoing at the family court at Ugheli.
“So far, the committee has prosecuted a police officer’s wife, Mrs Precious Joseph, who was jailed two years without an option of fine for violently abusing a nine-year-old house-help.”
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